Friday, January 6, 2017

Top 5 Secret Spots in Key West

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Destination: Key West, Florida          
Written by Dianne Spoto Ackerman                                          

There is so much quirky Key West is famous for: from the live music and party scene on Duval Street, to the incredible local and international cuisine, to the breathtaking sea and sunset views, and rich history. But Key West is also a treasure cove of hidden gems, and there are plenty.  Here are just a few of ours…

1. Kayaking The Backcountry, Mangroves and Shallow Waters of Key West & Lower Keys
shallow water kayak tours offer an easy paddling experience for all ages
Explore the Keys in a completely new way by touring the backcountry with Reelax Charters and Captain Andrea Paulson. Enjoy an all-inclusive backcountry experience that will take you on an easy 20 minute motorboat trip to an ideal kayaking and swimming hideaway. Perfect for all ages, families and individuals alike can partake in this unique and exclusive adventure tour with friendly owner and expert guide of 12 years, Captain Andrea Paulson.

17015 Overseas Hwy Sugarloaf Marina Sugarloaf Key, FL 33042
P: 305-304-1392 or 305-744-0263

2. Ft. Zachary Taylor State Park

There is a magical little spot on the West side of Key West that not too many people know about. Sure, it is located on the maps, but most people are too busy joining in the raucous party on Duval Street, or on a jet ski, or enjoying the better-known sites. But this park is a beautiful and peaceful place off the beaten path, where you can enjoy nature trails, a butterfly garden, lots of shade, picnic tables, and even some original Civil War era cannons, along with the original structure of the fort. What you won’t find? People hawking souvenir tee shirts, drunks stumbling out of bars, and jugglers asking for money….

3. Nancy Forrester’s Secret Garden

It really is a secret because it is in a residential neighborhood, with no big signgs. You have to look for the place. But once you find it, you will be delighted to spend time in this small, quiet, exotic bird sanctuary. This is a hands-on birding experience where you can get very close and sit with the birds and even hold them. Nancy, the guide, is a sweet woman who loves birds and what she does, and the door fee goes to supporting the birds.

4. The Gardens Hotel

Trip Advisor has named it “The Most Beautiful & Secluded Hotel in Key West,” and with good reason. On the Historic Register of National Places, the hotel boasts luxury guest suites nestled among some of Florida’s oldest and most beautiful tropical gardens. The accolades are generous all over the internet, from “Best customer satisfaction,” “most romantic,” and “Best hidden value,” to being listed in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die.

5. The Unmarked Home of Tennessee Williams

While everyone is taking the trolley over to the Hemingway House museum, grab a map and ride your bike over to 1431 Duncan St.. There you’ll find the unmarked house of literary legend Tennessee Williams. The writer’s place included a swimming pool and a writing room he called the “Mad House.”  While you are on the writer’s hunt, you can also check out late poet Elizabeth Bishop’s clapboard house that she once owned on 624 White Street and several of the other properties Hemingway was known for frequenting.

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